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Spark That Lights the Fire   4 comments

Feb. 19, 2018 – Tell us a story about a time when a piece of inspiration hit you. We’ve all had them.

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I get inspiration from a lot of different places. My apocalyptic series Transformation Project comes from news media interacting with my college studies of political science and all the lovely conspiracy theories available out there.

The Willow Branch (The Daermad Cycle Book 1) by [Markham, Lela]But I can’t point to just one point of inspiration. It’s more like a lot of bits of information that finally got together to propel me toward a story.

Now, Daermad Cycle started with an inspirational moment. It was close to 25 years ago. Our daughter was a baby. It was a hot summer day and a rainstorm rolled in. My husband and I were sitting in our one-room cabin, watching the kid try to catch her toes and listening to the raindrops pattering on the roof. Brad turned on one of Enya’s albums.

I remember the dog and the baby were snoring in unison and the music and the rain took my imagination to a new world. It was a rainy green meadow that stretched from high mountains to distant forests. A man was riding a sorrel mare along a trail between tilled fields and intermittent copses of trees. I could see water around the foots of bushes and trees and see young shoots pushing their way into the spring air. And, then, ahead, was a stone wall and a rough gate in it.

And that was my image of Celdrya and the character of Padraig who forms the central ensemble of Daermad Cycle. The scene appeared in The Willow Branch. I wanted to get to know that character and actually, the first several scenes for the book wrote extremely easily. Of course, things have changed as I worked on the early drafts, but that scene had to make it into the published book because … well, it is the spark that lit the fire.

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Willow Branch Blue White Recreation CoverThe Willow Branch is 99 cents all of a sudden because … it’s Wednesday(?).

You know, this would be a great time to pick up the book and review it (NOT SO SUBTLE HINT).


Last Day for 99 cent SALE   1 comment

Willow Branch Blue White Recreation CoverToday is the last day The Willow Branch will be on 99 cent sale.






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Announcement   1 comment

Willow Branch Blue White Recreation CoverIn preparation for launching Mirklin Wood, I’ve decided to end Kindle Select for The Willow Branch. It was a good way to get initial sales, but I think it’s time to put the book back on more platforms. It will still be available through Amazon, but with more flexibility. If you’re a Kindle Prime member, you might want to read The Willow Branch before February 19.

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The Booktrap is holding an event December 3- 4 and I am participating.

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I’m giving away e-book copies of both my books, a signed copy of each paperback* and updating my mailing list for the launch of Mirklin Wood.

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Front Cover UpdateA book’s destiny is to be read. Support my Thunderclap for The Willow Branch.

What is Thunderclap? It’s a new website that allows people to pledge to Tweet or Facebook Share all on the same day and time in order to achieve maximum effect. Consider this an online cheer for The Willow Branch.

Click on this link and choose either Support with Facebook or Support with Twitter (or BOTH!) and add your name to the Thunderclap. On November 24, all those who signed up will automatically post on Twitter and Facebook a recommendation for a great fantasy novel.

With your help, on November 24, thousands of people will hear about The Willow Branch.

Lela Markham


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